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General Casey Takes a Stand—Sort of.

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Posted on February 24 2010 11:09 am
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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For a barometer of how resistant the combat forces of the United States military are to Obama’s push for openly gay members in the ranks; check out the comments of Army Chief of Staff General George Casey to the Senate Armed Services Committee:

CASEY: “I do have serious concerns about the impact of a repeal of the law [Don’t Ask Don’t Tell] on a force that is fully engaged in two wars and has been at war for eight-and-a-half years.  We just don’t know the impacts on readiness and military effectiveness.”

This might not sound like much, but this is not Douglas MacArthur we’re talking about here.  George Casey is known for public statements that conform with what the Commander-in-Chief wants to hear—or at least what he thinks the CINC wants to hear.

During the darkest days of the Iraq War, when al Qaeda was running rampant and Shia and Sunni militias were in open warfare, Casey calmly assured President Bush and the American people that the mission was being accomplished.

In the wake of the Fort Hood massacre by a Islamist extremist who was allowed to rise in his own ranks because of a politically correct worship of diversity, Casey instinctively set the tone Obama wanted by saying it would be a “greater tragedy” if “our diversity” became the next casualty.

So, for Casey to even express doubt in the wisdom of the current Commander-in-Chief’s expressed wishes, is a big, big deal.

By the way, I will soon be reviewing a superb new book for Frontpage Magazine called The Fourth Star, which is a fascinating look at the 4 generals who were most influential in Iraq, told as parallel biographies.  While it is unsparing of Casey’s weaknesses, and that he was unsuited for the imagination required for the job he was given, it does provide a sympathetic look his devotion to country, his personal toughness—and reveals his unshakable belief that his job is to carry out the wishes of the CINC, no matter what.

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